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CPI_Ghost Girl and Lily Blossoms logoThe Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative New Voices series presents the premier of LILY BLOSSOMS, OR MODERN SUBDIVISION ZONING IN THE PRESENT DAY by Greg Hatfield, in a staged reading, on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020, at 7:30 p.m., at the Fifth Third Bank Theater in the Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut Street, in Downtown Cincinnati.

This sophisticated comedy is set in New York City in 1954.  Lily Palmer and Theodore Barkley, the star writers for Manhattan magazine, are the very best of friends.  Hating their present assignments, they decide to mix things up a bit to the consternation of their editor.  Barkley has also been moonlighting as an actor and gets an offer from a movie studio in Hollywood.  This could break up the team and his marriage.

Cincinnati community theater lovers will recognize this cast:  Cathy Jo Judge, Darren Lee, Peggy Allen and Chris Bishop, as all are very familiar faces throughout the city, working consistently on plays and musicals with every theater company.

The playwright and director, Greg Hatfield, is no slouch, either.  For years, he was a writer, actor and director in Dr. Browndog’s Monkeytime, a theatrical comedy troupe in Cincinnati.  His other plays have been performed by companies in Cincinnati, Kansas City, Syracuse and Pittsburgh.

Tickets are now on sale at or the Aronoff Box Office.  Tickets are $10.00.  Another play, THE GHOST GIRL by Ariel Rodgers, is included in the ticket price.

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Springboro Community Theatre Present CHARLOTTE’S WEB

SCT_Charlottes WebSpringboro, OH – The Children’s Literature Association named this “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years,” and Joseph Robinette, working with the advice of E.B. White, has created a play that captures this work in a thrilling and utterly practical theatrical presentation.

All the enchanting characters are here: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.”

Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the “miracle” of her web in which she writes, “Some pig.” It’s the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte. This is a beautiful, knowing play about friendship.

Charlotte’s Web is a youth production and will be performed in the Premier Health Theatre at the Springboro Performing Arts Center.

Director Mark Goodwin and Assistant Director Alli Brown have gathered a talented group of youth performers to bring this classic tale to the stage. Get your tickets today to see how “with the right words, you can change the world” at!

Evening: January 10, 11, 17 & 18 at 7PM
Matinee: January 12 & 19 at 2PM

Springboro Performing Arts Center, 115 Wright Station Way, Springboro, OH 45066

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Audition Announced for MORNING’S AT SEVEN at Dayton Theatre Guild

DTGOpen audition notice for MORNING’S AT SEVEN by Paul Osborn

Auditions will be held Mon & Tue, Jan 27 & 28, 2020, starting at 7:00 pm both nights.
Production dates: Mar 20-Apr 5, 2020

The Dayton Theatre Guild at the Caryl D. Philip TheatreScape
430 Wayne Ave, Dayton OH, 45410
937-278-5993 —

Directed by Kathy Mola
Produced by Christina Tomazinis

This 1939 comedy tells the story of four aging sisters who live in a small mid-western town, and their long-standing sibling rivalries. Three of them — Ida, Cora and Arry — have lived next door to each other for fifty years, and Esther, the eldest, lives only a few blocks away. We quickly learn that living so close to one another has taken its toll. Some start to question their lives and decide to make some changes before it’s too late. In 1980, MORNING’S AT SEVEN was nominated for the Tony award for Best Revival of a Play.

Casting Requirements:

  • Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
  • A résumé and headshot are not required but are appreciated.
  • Please provide a list of all known conflicts between Jan 29 and Apr 6, 2019

Five women; four men:

  • Cora Swanson (f)
  • Aaronetta Swanson (f)
  • Ida Bolton (f)
  • Myrtle Brown (f)
  • Esther Crampton (f)
  • Theodore Swanson (m)
  • Carl Bolton (m)
  • Homer Bolton (m)
  • David Crampton (m)


The show runs weekends Mar 20-Apr 5, 2020
First Weekend: Friday 8pm, Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm
Second & Third Weekend: Friday 8pm, Saturday 5pm, Sunday 3pm

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Auditions Announced for URINETOWN at Clark State

Music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann
Book and lyrics by Greg Kotis
Directed by Jimmy Straley and Josh Compston
Produced by Theresa Lauricella

Auditions will be held on Monday, January 27, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Callbacks with be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2019 at 7 p.m. Clark State Performing Arts Center Kuss Auditorium

Prepare: 16 bars of song from a musical. An accompanist will be provided. Bring sheet music (no unaccompanied singing please). Headshot/resume preferred.

About the musical –
In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!
Urinetown catapults the “comedic romp” into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.

Performances will be held March 27 – 29 (27 & 28 at 8 p.m. and 29 at 2 p.m.) in the Clark State Performing Arts Center Kuss Auditorium

Urinetown is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are supplied by MTI,

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Auditions Announced for THE LAST FIVE YEARS at Village Players

VP_new logoAuditions for THE LAST FIVE YEARS by Jason Robert Brown will be held on Sunday January 5th at 3pm and Monday January 6th at 7pm at Village Players in Fort Thomas, KY. January 7th will be used for callbacks, if needed.

Please prepare 16-32 bars of a musical theatre song showing your vocal range and storytelling ability, where possible. There will also be short monologues used for cold readings. Memorization not required for the singing portion but it’s encouraged. Auditions will be in a closed setting.

Bring known conflicts for mid-February through mid-April. Theatre resumes and headshots encouraged but not required.

An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The show’s unconventional structure consists of Cathy telling her story backwards while Jamie tells his story chronologically. The two characters only meet once, at their wedding, in the middle of the show.

STAGE ages for Cathy and Jamie are both 22-29. Note these are STAGE ages.

Production dates: April 17-25.
Directed by Nathan Henegar.
Questions? Email Nathan at

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